Milk Intake for the Baby

Milk is the most important dietary component in the first year of your baby’s life. Breast milk is filled with all the nutrients that are vital for a baby’s development. It contains a unique mix of fatty acids, lactose, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other important factors that combine to make the perfect infant food, whilst also aiding with digestion, brain development, healthy growth, and protection from illness. Some mothers are unable to breast feed or decide against it, it is a choice and formula feeding is the option for those mothers.

For the first six months of life, your baby needs only breast milk or infant formula to eat. New borns should be nursed when they show cues of hunger, such as sucking on their fingers or crying. In the early weeks, newborns should nurse about 8-12 times every 24 hours, usually for about 10-15 minutes on each breast. Some newborn babies do not wake up in the middle of the night for their feed it is a good idea to wake the baby so as to establish a feeding schedule. This will be beneficial for both you and the baby.

It is common for mothers who are breast feeding to worry if their baby is getting sufficient milk. The easiest way to track of this is through the baby’s wet and pooped diapers. Your baby should have at least 5-7 wet diapers (or 6-8 cloth) and 1-3 pooped diapers in a span of 24 hours. This means that the baby is getting enough breast milk.  Weighing your baby is another way to ensure they are getting enough milk and growing. Talking to your baby’s pediatrician will allow you to look out for signs of baby being over or under fed. They can provide you with your baby's growth chart if you are concerned or curious. As babies get older they have better control over their bowel moments and that number may decrease. Some breastfed babies have only one bowel movement per week (after about 2 months of age). Each baby is unique, so after a couple of weeks you will be able to understand what is normal for your baby.

Solids are started around 6 months, Along with introducing solids, breast milk or formula is still a key component of your baby’s feeding routine Start slow with rice cereal mixed in with breast milk or formula and closly monitor your baby’s digestive health, with the introduction of new foods.

Once your child is closer to his first birthday and breast feeding, continue to do so and if they are formula-fed babies, you may start transitioning to whole cow's milk. It is important to use "whole" milk, because children under two years old need fat for brain development. Your baby should be joining you at the table for meals, and learning about mealtime as family time.

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  1. Thanks for the post, well milk contains the most important nutrition for kids 🙂